What's old is new again..and again..and again

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 09:30 AM

Take a guess: what and who do you think the sources are for these (scroll down for the answers):

"When 30 million are for something and 30 million are against it, things balance out and nothing happens. That is how things are with us. We are the world's Pariah not because we do not have the courage to resist, but rather because out entire national energy is wasted in eternal and unproductive squabbling between the right and the left. Our way only goes downward, and today one can already predict when we will fall into the abyss."

"We may at times during the gray preceding months have looked at the situation with a grim expression, but we never resigned ourselves to the blows of fate. The opposite....Quietly and without a lot of excitement, great things have been accomplished. The enemy's campaign of nerves is having no effect on us."

"Our dead have left obligations for us, and we the living are under obligation to do their will. Anyone who doubts victory has no right to be part of our community.  Whoever pays attention to what the enemy says is a traitor to our cause. Who harms our war efforts by passing on enemy rumors sins against our people, for which....soldiers have died heroic deaths."

"Fascism should rightly be called corporatism as it is a merger of state and corporate power"

"Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the  statesmanship of the day."

"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts."

1. This is from "a widely distributed Nazi pamphlet  from  before 1933. The title, loosely translated, is "Those Damned Nazis.""; From  an archive of Nazi propaganda maintained at Calvin College in grand Rapids MI

 2. This is from a speech titled "The Winter Crisis is Over" given by Joseph Goebbels on 5 June 1943.

 3.Benito Mussolini.

 4. Theodore Roosevelt, April 19, 1906.

 5. Abraham Lincoln.

Why do I get the sickest feeling when I read the first two and think about America today?
Why do I get an even sicker feeling when I read numbers 3 and 4 and think about the propaganda machine of Coulter-O'Reilly-Hannity-Limbaugh-Fox-Malkin-the Christian right network-etc. serving up lies and half truths 24 hours a day in the service of corporations and their owners?

Why do I read numbers 4 and 5 and know that Roosevelt and Lincoln would be beside themselves if they could see what their political descendants have become?